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RIPON HOSTS YORKSHIRE DAY

Ripon will be the place to be this August as Ripon City Council hosts an amazing event to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Wednesday 1st August.

Yorkshire's smallest city is set to put on a fantastic day of regional pride which will be part of a very special week, including the traditional St Wilfrid's Procession on Saturday 4th August.

On 1st August there will be a Civic Procession of dignitaries from all corners of Yorkshire. All decked out in their full regalia, this will certainly be a sight to see. The procession will leave the Spa Hotel at around 10.20am, proceed along Westgate, around the Market Place and along Kirkgate to the Cathedral for a special celebratory service at 11am.

The Market Place itself will be filled with activities including amusements and activities for children; market stalls showcasing Yorkshire businesses, organisations and produce; storytelling and re-enactments. Ripon Photographic Society will be hosting a photography competition.

The evening will see a programme of entertainment on the square with live music including the Ripon City Band. At 9pm there will be a special one-off Hornblowing ceremony around the obelisk and the evening will culminate in a Yorkshire Day themed firework display.

In the early evening, as well as the fun on Ripon's Market Place, Ripon Cathedral will be hosting a ‘Picnic int' Park' event in the Dean's Garden (the same site as the Beer Festival). Bring your own refreshments or buy from on-site food vendors and licensed bar and be entertained with live music and children's activities. The Cathedral will also be hosting a series of Family Days throughout the week.

While in Ripon look out for Ripon Reviewed â€" an exhibition of historic photographs from the archives of Ripon Civic Society, to be displayed around the City Centre.

Make Ripon the centre of your week for this action-packed occasion. For more information, updates and news, keep your eye on the Discover Ripon website page or follow the Facebook Page.